Napier Truck Driving Training....Hamilton, OH

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BuckeyeCowboy's Comment
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If everything goes according to plan, I will be starting here June 17th. I am super excited. I am already researching the companies that I want to work for. I know I probably shouldn't, but I like to be prepared. I am studying for my CDL permit as well as all the endorsements. School said to get them with the permit, which I am okay with. I will update this as I get closer to school to let you all know what is going on.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Old School's Comment
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Welcome aboard Buckeye Cowboy, we're glad you're here and if there is anything we can help you with just ask us and hopefully somebody will have a helpful answer for you. If you haven't already started it I hope you'll take advantage of the free High Road Training Program available on this site for preparation towards that permit. It will take you where you want to be. Best of luck to ya!

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
BuckeyeCowboy's Comment
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Thanks Old School. I appreicate that. I have started the program and it is very useful. This is my second attempt at trucking school. First one ended in misery lol. I passed the schools requirements, but didnt attain my cdl in a timely manner. The cdl tester told me that I was close and needed just a bit more work, which is not bad for someone who had never driven a stick or hauled a trailer, or really driven anything bigger than a small pickup. I ran out of time and was dismissed. Found out later that the school was a "sham" (not my words, but other peoples'). So, we will see how it goes this time. I will get my permit. I will keep you all updated.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Welcome aboard!

Definitely stick with the High Road Training Program and read through our articles on How To Choose A Trucking Company. There's a ton of great information in those articles.

Looking forward to following along with ya! smile.gif

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

BuckeyeCowboy's Comment
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Thanks Brett. Wish I had this info a few months ago. It may have saved me a few bad decisions. Great site. Thanks for all the wonderful info.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Glad to help out. Let us know anytime you have any questions. We're always happy to help out any way we can.

BuckeyeCowboy's Comment
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Went over to the school today to fill out a few applications. Got prehires from TMC, Boyd Brothers, and Warner. Already had one from Swift and waiting on Melton to get back to me. I want to have options so might apply to Millis and Central Refridgerated. Oh yeah should also be getting letters from Stevens and BST as well. I know probably overkill but I want to have as many options as possible. Just working extra hard on diet and exercise. I have a physical coming soon and Im diabetic. Controlled with pills and diet so should be fine. Everything else I would be fine with on physical. So heres hoping my meds are doing their job.

Prehire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Prehires:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Yeah definitely get all the pre-hires you can. The more choices, the better for sure.

Working on the diet and exercise is awesome for all of the obvious reasons, but one reason that's especially big for trucking is having the energy to get through all the very long days. Trucking is mentally exhausting, especially in the beginning when you're overwhelmed with information and a steep learning curve. The better shape you're in the more energy you'll have and the better you'll feel.

Exercising is also a great stress reliever and trucking has no shortage of stress either. So taking care of your physical health by watching what you eat and trying to get some exercise can make a huge difference for ya.

Pre-hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Pre-hires:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

BuckeyeCowboy's Comment
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Good news just keeps rolling in. I found out that Central Refridgerated and Werner will let me take my wife from day one too. I also got more pre hire letters. I got Warner, Roehl, and Boyd Brothers. I am still waiting on others too. At the end of this week may have 10 to 11 pre hire letters. It may be overkill, but like you said, Brett, I want to keep all my options open. I guess now I have to decide if I want to hall vans, refers, or skateboards. I have time to think about it. I start school in June, so I have time. Brett, been reading your book for those wanting to get into the industry and I am already learning alot. Didn't know that the tankers were that hard to drive, but not thinking on it, it really makes sense and makes me glad I didn't apply for any tanker jobs, though I am still going to get my tanker endorsement. Thanks for following along. I will continue to update as we go.

Pre Hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hey that's great news about the pre-hires. I'm also surprised that so many companies are allowing passengers right from day 1. That's great! Personally, I'm all for it. I think those first few months are about as stressful as anything most people will go through and having someone there alongside you would be a great way to help calm the nerves.

It also helps adjust to life on the road. It's hard enough travelling and being away from home, learning so much all at once, and never being sure of what you're doing. But the solitude on top of all that is just more than some people can stand.

I'm glad to hear more companies are allowing passengers right off the bat. That's excellent news.

Definitely keep us updated. Sounds like your research and pre-hire process is off to a great start!

Pre-hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Pre-hires:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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